Schools and Organisations
Art Lessons in Schools and Organisations
David has worked as an educator/ facilitator for over ten years. He has worked with many local schools and for agencies like Enable Ireland, Clare Youth Services, Brothers of Charity, and Clare Local Development Company.
David has experience working with a range of age-groups and abilities. Classes and projects are individually tailored to the age range and abilities of the respective groups.
Areas of Learning
3. 3D Drawing
1a. Colour Theory
We will first learn the fundamentals of drawing using charcoal and chalk such as shading 3d shapes. We then move on to the basics of Colour Theory where we explore colour mixing using primary colours. We apply the learning to drawing a still life picture using the skills acquired during our lessons.
I first teach the fundamentals of perspective. We explore how to convey depth in a drawing. We learn about perspective by examining relevant pieces from the art world. We then draw to develop the skill ourselves.
2a. Standing Figures
We start by creating a a wireframe structure skeleton for the figure. We then cover it with newspaper and finally we plaster bandage it. It can then be painted.
These smaller standing figures can then be assembled into a larger installation and displayed together.
2b. Tribal and Cultural Masks
After choosing a culture to explore, each participant uses card on wood to create the basic structure. We then use plaster bandage on top to give the structure solidity. We then paint and decorate the masks.
This is an ideal project for discussion around culture and diversity.
3. 3D Drawing
Overview of SketchUp
Sketch up is a free 3d drawing software programme. It can be used to explore designing buildings and structures.
It’s easy to learn how to use the programme and participants enjoy creating an image of a 3d structure they’ve designed. It is also possible to have the 3d images printed. Participants need access to a computer.
Projects with SketchUp
I guide participants in how to use SketchUp in a step-by-step way. We then choose a project theme together. This is usually based around designing and creating buildings, such as designing a house, town buildings, historical buildings. The collection of buildings will form an imaginary town in the end.
We can also explore geometric shapes such as snowflakes.